“That Big List of Challenges in Anti-Mormon Literature”

    A nice essay from Mike Ash:   http://lds.net/blog/faith/big-list-anti-mormon-literature/   In this context, of course, nice means that, among other things, I completely agree with it.   In fact, I myself briefly addressed the “big list” phenomenon at the 2014 FairMormon conference:   http://www.fairmormon.org/perspectives/fair-conferences/2014-fairmormon-conference/reflections-letter-ces-director     [Read more…]

God’s love

    “God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.” (St. Augustine, AD 354-430) [Read more…]

“Why America’s ‘Nones’ Left Religion Behind”

      Interesting data.  Those of us who are believers, and who believe in encouraging faith in others, need to understand the data.  Only then can we respond intelligently and effectively to today’s environment, which is substantially different (though not necessarily better or worse) than it was a generation or two ago.     [Read more…]

Useful data on the scope of LDS humanitarian efforts

    This article should be gratifying to Church members.   LDS Church Spent 1.2 Billion on Welfare and Humanitarian Efforts   A word, though, about the inevitable criticisms:   The recently most fashionable response of Church critics to such numbers is that the Church isn’t doing enough.  After all, the Church gives only x [Read More…]

“Christianity Belongs in the Middle East”

    This is an important statement.  It was co-written by Prince Hassan of Jordan, whose track record on religious tolerance and inter-religious understanding has been both distinguished and consistent:   http://gulfnews.com/opinion/thinkers/christianity-belongs-in-the-middle-east-1.1884539   Thanks to Mary Thompson Vogwell for calling this article to my attention.     [Read more…]

“Divorce rates double when people start watching porn”

    I can’t say, if this is true, that I’m altogether surprised:   http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/08/divorce-rates-double-when-people-start-watching-porn     [Read more…]

NBC News: “The Future of the Mormon Church? It’s Latino.”

    An interesting perspective from NBC News:   http://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/future-mormon-church-it-s-latino-n570621     [Read more…]

Revelatory

    “We reveal most about ourselves when we speak about others.”  Kamand Kojouri     [Read more…]

“New article of faith for these Mormons: We believe Trump should never be president”

    http://www.sltrib.com/lifestyle/faith/4280374-155/new-article-of-faith-for-these   I’m about to board an airplane, but, when I get home, I’m signing up.   Posted from London, England     [Read more…]

“The Logic Tree of Life, or, Why I Can’t Manage to Disbelieve”

    A transcript of my remarks at the 2016 FairMormon conference, presented earlier this month in Provo, Utah, is now up:   http://www.fairmormon.org/perspectives/fair-conferences/2016-fairmormon-conference/logic-tree-life   I apologize for the very oral character of the transcript.  I wasn’t reading from a text, and, since I was the concluding speaker and the conference was running considerably behind [Read More…]